Teething syndrome

Teething syndrome

Description, Causes and Risk Factors:

Many pediatricians, scientists, researchers have disagreed about the concept of teething, but any mother of a little one over the age of 1 year will tell you that whether or not it is just a coincidence their babies are miserable when their teeth start coming in.

When newborns are born they have "teeth buds" just under the gums, and while there is no set time that those teeth will begin to appear, typically their first tooth will begin to break through between five and seven months. Some infants can begin teething as early as 3 months and some as late as 9 months to even a year. Typically the incisors (top and bottom middle teeth) appear between the age of six to seven months. Between the ages of 7 to 9 months the incisors will come in on each side of those first teeth that appeared. Around the age of 8 months, a baby may have 8 teeth. The first molars begin to break through at 10 to 14 months and the canines at 15 to 18 months. Finally, the second molars will come in typically between the age of 2 to 3 years.

The discomfort is a result of the pressure exerted on the gums as the teeth erupt through the tissue. Most parents report unique changes prior to the appearance of their infant's teeth. For instance, when a baby is teething their saliva production increases. This has caused many symptoms including drooling, which can sometimes cause a rash on their chin, coughing or gagging on the excess saliva and loose bowels due to swallowing that excess saliva. Additional teething symptoms can be irritability or a desire to gnaw on anything within grasp. The pressure of the tooth trying to break through the gums can cause discomfort leading to irritability.


Signs of teething include drooling, ear pain, fever below 101 degrees, irritability, poor appetite, sleeping problems and crying. Your baby's gums could be very sore and swollen, and she might try to relieve the discomfort by chewing on fingers and other hard objects.


Usually Pediatrician will diagnose the condition based on complete history and physical exam.A visit to the doctor can often rule out poor nutrition and other medical conditions early on.


The first thing to understand is that there are natural, holistic choices, and it is never going to be necessary to resort to pain relievers or gum-numbing agents. If your child is in pain with his/her teething, then giving paracetamol or ibuprofen may help. These should be given at the recommended doses for their age. There is no evidence that complementary treatments are of any benefit for teething.

There are teething gels available contain local anesthetic or mild antiseptic. These are thought to be safe to use in children and may provide some relief.

NOTE: The above information is educational purpose. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.

DISCLAIMER: This information should not substitute for seeking responsible, professional medical care.


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